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Sunday 18 August 2019

Will they go to a land down under?

HURLERS IN AUSSIE TRIP FINAL FOUR NEED YOUR VOTE

STONE THE FLAMIN' CROWS, the Glynn/Barntown hurlers are already putting the disappointment of being knocked out of the local championship behind them by focusing their sights on their next potential opposition - the Australian All Star hurling team.

However, in order to play that match the Killurin-based men need the votes of county Wexford after fighting their way to the final four in the Ethiad Airways 'Best Club Down Under' competition.

Should Glynn-Barntown make it through the club's hurlers and mentors will fly to Australia in October, receive coaching from the legendary Nicky English, and play a challenge game in Melbourne before the International Rules match between Ireland and Australia.

'Some of the lads are already trying out the Marmite, some of the guys are standing on their heads and others are just going around yabbering with really annoying Aussie accents,' says Paschal Carley who entered his club into the competition.

'We decided that for this particular event, rather than train hurling, we'd do some cultural training instead. So, fair dinkum, we'll have more local lingo than a dingo if we are chosen to go.'

Of course Glynn Barntown are no strangers to playing abroad. In 1998 Jim McGovern led his clubmen to Paris to play the local team of Irish ex-pats there. Since then the club have also played matches and spread the GAA gospel in Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid, Budapest, The Hague and Munich.

'Jim is a bloody good bloke and always says we have a 100 per cent record in Europe,' says Paschal, ' but now we want to extend that a bit further. We want to go out there and show those flaming galahs what we're made of. But in order to do that we need our neighbours across county Wexford to vote for us. We need our good neighbours to become good friends'.

The Wexford club will be up against it though as Clarinbridge from Galway, Bishopstown from Cork and Kilmacud Crokes from Dublin are the other teams seeking votes.

'Look it mate, we're all on the bushtrail for this prize, but I can tell you this, our lads have the experience to play home and away.'

You can vote for Glynn-Barntown by visiting www.etihadgaa.ie

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